Every year, Opera Australia performs to 80,000 primary school children throughout Victoria and NSW.
It's always a big event. Opera Australia arrives at the start of the school day, complete with opera costumes, sets, four singers and a pianist. They need a piano and about 40 minutes to set up in your hall (or any large space), then they are ready to perform.
The Schools Company presents one or two sessions in a day, and each session consists of a 50-minute performance of a complete opera followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers with the students and teachers.
Preparation and follow-up is all part of the experience: when you book you receive an Opera Australia teacher resource pack. This includes suggestions for classroom extension activities both before and after the opera incursion.
Schools tours for 2014 will be announced soon. For more information or to book a performance, contact email@example.com.
Auslan Shadow Interpreted Performances
Opera Australia and Deaf Children Australia have formed a unique relationship to develop the new technique of presenting opera performances with Auslan Shadow Interpreters.
Shadow-interpreting incorporates the interpreters into the onstage action with stage direction & costumes, rather than having them stand on the side of stage; resulting in a much more comprehensive theatre-going experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families.
Oz Opera has been developing this program with Deaf Children Australia since 2010. This exciting program is delivered through Oz Opera’s Schools Company in Victoria, and plans are in development for expansion into NSW in 2014. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera Tickets for Students
Schools groups are invited to attend the opera at the Sydney Opera House or Arts Centre Melbourne for the heavily discounted rate of $55 per tickets.
Opera Australia's regional and schools touring program is made possible by generous donations from opera lovers. Opera Australia would like to thank:
The Andrews Foundation
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund
The Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation